Examines the making of the present day Iranian, Iraqi and Turkish boundary, shedding new light on some of the most contentious issues of today
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Cover; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Note on Transliteration and Usage; List of Abbreviations; Introduction; The Nature of the Ottoman-Iranian Frontier; A Note on Terminology; Dividing the Umma, Defining Its Frontiers; Islamic Concepts of Frontier; Ottoman-Iranian Treaties and Frontiers; A Note on Sources and Methodology; Structure of the Book; 1 The Kurdish Frontier and Ottoman-Qajar Relations; The End of the Ancien Régime and the Rising Capacity of States at the Borderland; The Administrative Organization of Ottoman Kurdistan; Babans between the Ottomans and Qajars
Tribes and Empires: The Case of Haydaran and Sipki The Last Ottoman-Iranian War, 1821-1822; The Erzurum Treaty of 1823; Developments Leading to the Making of the Frontier; Great Power Intervention and the Making of the Boundary; Pacification of the Borderland: The First Phase; Khan Abdal and the City of Van; The Babans, for the Last Time; The Case of the City of Van and the Mir of Bohtan; Taxes, Conscription, Retribalization: The State Is Here to Stay; 2 Laying the Ground: The Concert of Zagros; The Commissioners and Their Work; There Was a Treaty of 1639, but Where Is It?
Geopolitics and Boundary Making: The Case of Zohab/Qasr-i ShirinShatt al-Arab, Muhammarah, and the Ka'b Tribe; Imperial Decision Making; Pasture Politics: Frontiers and Tribes; Other Issues at the Conference; The Erzurum Treaty of 1847; 3 The Long Journey of the First Survey Commission; The Commissioners and Their Duties; Creating Facts on the Ground, or Dervish Pasha's Long Detour at Kotur; Finally at Work: Surveyors on the Go; Locating the Boundary of Muhammarah and Shatt al-Arab; Locating the Boundary of Zohab-Qasr-I Shirin
Commissioners and Borderlanders: Inscribing Subjecthood on the People of the Frontier The Case of the Failis of Posht-e Kuh; Using the State to Advance Local Claims: The Case of Banu Lam; Sunnis for the Caliph: Claiming the Lands in the Name of Defunct Kurdish Dynasts; To Which Pasture the Nomads Belong, and to Which Country the Pasture?; Limits of Sectarianism: Ottoman Efforts to Lure the Sunnis; The End of the Survey; 4 The Borderland between the Crimean War and the Berlin Congress; The Crimean War and the Northern Borderland; The Crimean War and Ottoman-Iranian Relations
The Locals and the Localities: How to Control, Whom to StopForming a New Commission, Teaching the Borderlanders a Lesson; Bringing the State into Local Disputes; New Actors and Notions: Migration as Asylum; The Commission of 1874; The Russo-Ottoman War of 1877-1878 and the Transformation of Borderland Identities; The End of the War: Kotur and Minor Moving into Major; 5 Sunnis for the Sultan: The Ottoman Occupation of Northwestern Iran, 1905-1912; Justifying the Integration; The Case of the Bilbas and the Beginning of the Ottoman Occupation
A Kurdish Tribe, an American Missionary, and the Dekhalet Petitions